Wednesday, 13 March 2019
Justin Harding  (Getty Images)
Justin Harding (Getty Images)

Justin Harding will be looking to achieve a remarkable hat-trick when he tees it up at this week's Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa.

The South African lifted the Mother of Pearl trophy at last week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters for his first European Tour win but his tenth triumph worldwide.

He took his tally of Sunshine Tour wins to seven last May with back to back triumphs and then won in consecutive starts again on the Asian Tour in July.

A sixth win in ten months at Karen Country Club would see him double up once again, to go with two top fives and three further top 20s this season.

"I am feeling awesome," he said. "It was an unbelievable result for me last week - a dream come true to win on the European Tour.

"I have been trying to do that for a long time now and I am now just enjoying the run that I’m on. Hopefully I can keep moving onwards and upwards.

“I don’t know how it [winning back-to-back twice] worked out like that.

"I have been playing really consistent golf and have managed to put myself into position on several Sundays then managed to get it right. Hopefully we can put three rounds together again and then go out and make some birdies on Sunday to be in contention again."

The 33-year-old moved from 74th to 52nd in the Official World Golf Ranking after his victory at Doha Golf Club and is now aiming for the top 50 and a debut at the Masters Tournament.

I am now just enjoying the run that I’m on. Hopefully I can keep moving onwards and upwards - Justin Harding

“It would have been an unbelievable thought 12 months ago to think that I’d have a chance of qualifying for Augusta," he said. "I have to pinch myself now when I think about it. I still have to take it a week at a time though and see if we can maybe get there.”

The Magical Kenya Open presented by Absa is making its debut on the European Tour this week - as is Karen Country Club - but Harding is no stranger to the Nairobi layout, having tackled it previously on the Sunshine Tour.

“I was here last year for the Karen Masters, a Sunshine Tour event, and it is a lovely little golf course which is old school and very strategic," he said. "You will probably find the guys are going to make a bunch of birdies and I am looking forward to this week."

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
T2HARDING, JustinRSA18-15
T2DE JAGER, LouisRSA18-15
T2ARNAUS, AdriESP18-15
5BHULLAR, GaganjeetIND18-14

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